COVID-19 Update


Thank you for visiting our website. Here we will provide information on COVID-19 and how it affects our 2020 camping and cottage season as things continue to evolve. From our family to yours, we hope for health and wellness for you and your families during this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us

Update July 31, 2020

We are thrilled to announce: ⭐️ OUR PARK STORE IS OPEN! ⭐️
We have ice, ice cream, propane tanks, ice cream, coffee, Beckwith Butcher meats, maple syrup and more! The store is located at the entrance to our park (745 Black Rock Lane, Clayton), and is open to both our park visitors and anyone in the community. We look forward to seeing you!
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Masks are required in the store and social distancing requirements are in effect. We can accept debit, credit, or cash.
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Please note our park is currently open for existing seasonal campers and cottage rentals. Day use passes for our beach and play park and overnight camping is currently closed to ensure proper social distancing can occur for our existing visitors.
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We look forward to catching up with everyone and thank you for your support during this summer!

Update July 11, 2020

We hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer. We have a few brief updates to share:

1. Fire ban: We currently have a total fire ban on in our park, this includes campfires. It was put in to place yesterday and will remain in effect until further notice.

2. Invoices: Invoices are being sent out for seasonal campers. We are experiencing a technical glitch with our accounting software making it difficult to send electronic copies out at the moment. Hardcopies have been mailed out and should arrive to you shortly. Payment is accepted by etransfer at info@blackrockpark.ca or cash/credit card transactions can be arranged.

3. Park store: The park store remains closed at this time. Clayton General Store is open and has many items including grocery, beer/LCBO, gas, propane and ice.

4. Day use & overnight camping: Our park remains closed to day use visitors and overnight camping (this includes visitors for the beach, and overnight tent camping). At this time, only existing seasonal campers are permitted in the park. This is part of our COVID-19 safety measures. If/when this changes, we will update our website and social media pages. The park feels very different this year with so few guests, but we have been very happy with the way everyone has been cooperating to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Thank you to everyone for working together!

5. Cottage rentals: Our cottages are beginning to be open for rentals. At this time, we are confirming with those who have made reservations for cottages. As soon as we know our availabilities, we will provide an update on our website and social media pages. Due to our cleaning protocols, minimum 1 week stays are required.

Thank you again to everyone who have reached out to us with questions regarding our park. As the summer continues and we get updates from the government regarding current requirements and protocols, we look forward to continuing to have an open dialogue with our guests and visitors. We hope everyone is having a safe and healthy summer!

Update on June 8, 2020

We have learned today along with everyone that the Ontario government has announced that the Framework for Reopening the Province: Stage 2 now includes the opening of private campgrounds for overnight camping stays, effective Friday June 12th. Our health unit, Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, is included in the list of health units allowed to move to Stage 2 of the opening framework. Although this is excellent news for those wishing to explore nature and spend time outdoors with their families (the best parts of summer!), this announcement has lead to increased inquiries from the community to ask if our park will be open on Friday for overnight camping stays.

At this time, only registered existing seasonal campers are permitted entry in to the park.

The following remain closed:

  • Overnight camping
  • Park visitors
  • Day use, including the beach, play structure, benches
  • Cottage rentals
  • Office/park store

There are many factors that are being considered for our individual park, including if/when specific amenities will open. Our seasonal campers have just begun being able to stay overnight and we are working together with them to mitigate any concerns before further people are allowed entry to the park. The safety of the people in our park and our staff are our greatest priority. We are taking things slowly and reviewing all of the resources provided by the government and health officials.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding. We have all been working together in a tremendous show of community and we are thankful.

Update on June 5, 2020

We are happy to announce that as of Saturday June 6, 2020 existing seasonal campers are permitted to spend the night at their trailers! We have sent out a newsletter that includes our updated Code of Conduct related to our COVID-19 safety measures. We are asking for our existing seasonal campers to read, sign and return the form that was included with the newsletter before you come to stay overnight. If you have not received this newsletter, please let us know and we will ensure you get a copy.

At this time, the park is not open for day use (including the beach and play structure), and visitors are not permitted.

We are aware of the government’s announcement allowing some short-term rentals, including cottages. At this time, our cottages are not open for rentals. We anticipate being able to take reservations at the end of June. More details to follow shortly.

Update on June 1, 2020

The following statement has been issued by Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) regarding the current state of camping and campgrounds in Ontario:

All the emergency orders have been extended until June 9th. This extension includes the closure of bars and restaurants (take out and delivery only), gatherings of no more than 5 people, closure of outdoor recreational amenities (pools, playgrounds, beaches), and the restrictions surrounding lodges, camps and seasonal campgrounds.

The updated essential services list still states that all short term rentals (includes lodges and camps) can only open to provide housing for an individual who is in need of a place to self-isolate (i.e. essential workers). Seasonal campgrounds can only allow individuals into the park who:

  1. have a full season contract
  2. who’s trailers are hooked up to electricity and water, and
  3. have access to a sewage disposal facility

All other aspects of the park must remain closed. 

What does this mean for Black Rock Park?

  • Existing seasonal campers are able to enter the park on weekends after 10am to do maintenance on your trailer and site. We ask that you leave before 4pm and that you send an email before coming to let us know when you will be visiting and who will be coming. You can email us at info@blackrockpark.ca
  • Are overnights currently allowed?
    • No, not at this time
  • What is open in the park?
    • Everything is currently closed, including the store, beach, playground, benches, and bathrooms. The park is only open for those who need to do seasonal maintenance on their trailers, not for day use or visitors
  • Are cottages open and available to rent?
    • No, unfortunately all cottage rentals have been cancelled until the end of June. Opening will depend on when allowed by provincial orders
  • When will people be able to spend the night at the park?
    • We are watching the government updates daily to receive guidance. We are also communicating with local businesses and health units to implement safety policies regarding access to water and sewage pumping for each site. This will look different than previous years, and we need to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

What is next?

We are putting together a summary document of all of the Best Practices for campgrounds, as well as our Camping Policies. A copy of these will be emailed to each of the existing seasonal campers and we will ask that you return the copies either by email or via a drop-box. Stay tuned for these shortly.

Letter to seasonal campers (May 20, 2020)

The following letter has been sent out to our seasonal campers today.

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who has reached out following our last newsletter update. Providing your updated email addresses and the dates/times you plan to come to the park for maintenance on your site has been great.

In light of recent updates, we wanted to provide a summary to our seasonal campers of some of the precautions we are implementing in our park for this Phase 1 of opening. Please keep in mind that these are evolving as we work to acquire the necessary safety items (many of which are on backorder and are difficult to acquire by local businesses right now).

We are asking the following for those planning to visit the park for site maintenance:

  1. Visiting the park: Please only visit your site to complete maintenance and to open your site following winter storage. The gate will be closed and sanitizer will be available.
  2. Common areas: The play structure and beach have been fenced off. Unfortunately, at this time they are closed to use.
  3. Water: The wells are being tested by the Health Unit. At this time there is no access to drinking water in the park. Please bring your own bottled water for your visit.
  4. Items on your site: If there are any damaged items, garbage, old lumber, or items for sale that have not been sold, we are asking you to remove them from your site during your visit. We understand that this could be difficult, but are asking you to plan ahead.

Things to consider bringing with you:

  1. Hand sanitizer, cleaner, Lysol wipes, paper towel, toilet paper
  2. Bottled water
  3. Bug spray (the pesky blackflies are back this year)

More information will come as we continue to plan and watch for government updates. In the future, we will be circulating some information related to our safety plans for the park and will be asking each of you to provide us with some updated information. This will include updated registration forms and safety policies. Many of you have asked about invoicing for the 2020 season. At this time, we have not sent any invoices out, as we do not know what the 2020 season will look like. As soon as we do, we will update everyone.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. It certainly was a different Victoria Day weekend at the park this year. It is the quietest it has been in over 50 years and felt very surreal. We hope that everyone is safe and healthy and look forward to navigating these times together.

Update regarding cottage rentals

As a result of COVID-19 restriction and precautions, all cottage rentals until the end of June have been cancelled. Those who have reserved a cottage for this summer beyond June will be contacted as soon as we receive guidance for overnight rentals and accommodations. We are unsure what this will look like for our 2020 season. We want to ensure the safety of all of our guests and staff. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we all navigate these times together.

Update May 15, 2020

The following email has been sent out to our existing seasonal campers. If you are a seasonal camper and did not receive the update (hopefully it made it past your Spam Folder!), please send us an email with your updated contact information. Thank you!

Hello everyone, 

First and foremost, we hope that this email finds each of you and your families well, safe and healthy. 

We are reaching out to our seasonal campers, in light of the recent announcement by the Ontario government. The announcement included the following statement:

As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. 
The government’s responsible and measured approach to reopening will allow business owners and service provider’s time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public.

 The full announcement can be found on the Ontario governments website here. We have been in contact with our municipality throughout these past few months as updates have emerged. Despite that, this latest announcement came as a surprise to us and other private park owners. The restrictions have been such that we have not been able to do park maintenance, prepare a safety plan, or make any modifications necessary to ensure the safety of all entering and working in the park. 

  1. At this time, our park remains closed and will remain closed until Saturday May 23rd. 
  2. Starting Saturday May 23rd, existing seasonal campers will be permitted to enter the park to check on your trailers, remove tarps, and do site maintenance. The park will remain closed to everyone else at this time
  3. No overnights are allowed at this time (as per government orders)
  4. We ask that anyone entering the park does so after 10am and exits before 4pm
  5. Before your visit, please send us an email at info@blackrockpark.ca the day before letting us know what day you hope to visit the park and who will be coming. Please check the Ontario governments Self Assessment before coming and we ask you not to come if you have any symptoms or have been near anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
  6. Please remain on your site and respect social distancing guidelines. The play structure, beach, nature trails and boat launch are currently closed. The drinking water is still turned off awaiting testing from the Health Unit. 

We will all be working together to prepare our safety measures for the park. Once these are in place, we will update everyone via email on what our season will look like. Like everyone, we are eagerly watching the announcements from the government to see what the next phase will look like, and for us as a family to see what works best for our specific park.
 We really appreciate all of your patience and understanding.
Our greatest priority is the health and safety of everyone who spends time on beautiful Clayton Lake. 

Update May 10, 2020

As of May 6th, the Ontario Government has extended the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until at least May 19th, 2020. This includes the closure of all private campgrounds and parks. Details are provided here. Our park remains closed and entrance is not permitted to the park, including our private boat launch.

For those who have seasonal campsites and have chosen to store your trailers over winter at the park, we understand that there may be concerns related to accessing your trailers, including removing tarps and accessing items stored over the winter. We are in communication with our municipality to assess when/if this can occur, given social distancing requirements and the safety of all entering/staffing the park.

We will be reaching out to our seasonal campers when the restrictions are such to allow for limited and scheduled access for spring maintenance. We will work together to coordinate and to communicate restrictions, as they arise.

What we know for certain is that our 2020 season will look very different this year, but we know that collectively us all working together to stop the spread of COVID-19 is for the greatest good for our entire community, family and friends.

We will be reaching out by email to our seasonal campers. If you are a seasonal camper and have not provided your email address to us previously, please do so. It will allow for the easiest and quickest means of communicating updates. Please email it to us here at info@blackrockpark.ca

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We hope that you and your families are all doing well, are safe and healthy.

Update April 9, 2020

Please note that the following sign is now posted at the entrance to the park. Entrance to the park by is not permitted by anyone, as per the Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Update March 18, 2020